Physical security and stockpile management (PSSM)

HALO’s Physical Security & Stockpile Management (PSSM) programmes can help prevent tragedies by keeping ammunition and weapons in safe and secure storage areas. 

This means ensuring that ammunition stores are properly constructed and situated a safe distance from the general public. Ammunition must be assessed for quality, type and overall condition before being stored, in order to minimise the chances and impact of accidents. 

HALO helps reduce the risk of harm by ensuring that the construction and rehabilitation of ammunition stores meet international standards. We provide technical assistance and training on stock evaluation, planning, segregation and distribution of ammunition as well as monitoring, mentoring and evaluation (MME) of new stores and national capacities. 

Working with national authorities and the United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS), The HALO Trust has rehabilitated or built nearly 200 armouries and ammunition stores across sub-Saharan and Southern Africa and Afghanistan. This has ranged from the rehabilitation of small scale armouries, to the construction of large scale ammunition storage areas (ASAs). We are proud that our programme in Ivory Coast is regarded as one of the most comprehensive and successful ever undertaken in a post conflict environment.

We help authorities to develop national standards for activities. In addition to delivering weapons and ammunition management training and conducting technical assessments, we give guidance on weapon marking (for tracing purposes) and record-keeping, We also provide assistance through monitoring, mentoring and evaluation of national capacities.    

HALO currently has weapons and ammunition management programmes in Afghanistan, Angola, Ivory Coast and Central African Republic. We have also conducted training courses on armoury management and weapons security for the governments of Mozambique and Somaliland.